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Posted on Automation. Taking jobs aways from the skilled

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#1 posted 02-17-2017 12:41 PM

As you just said, it is too labor intensive. What is happening is you are now producing more with less labor. It works better for you, because it s your business. But when you can produce more with less work, it means someone else won t be paid to do it. Works great for you, but not for the guy who loses his job.
- clin

You have it completely backwards. I m now able to produce products that otherwise would have been too labor intensive to produce. For example, I just took an order of 150 live edge cribbage boards. They could never be made on a drill press or with a jig profitably. With the CNC I can drill all the holes and the pockets for the magnets and pegs in minutes. But I still need people to run the blanks through the jointer, plane them, sand, debark, etc. I m actually adding employees because Ive expanded my capabilities and added other facets to my business that otherwise would not have been possible without the CNC. I m about to go begging the local college to see if they have any decent design kids coming through.
- Logboy

I agree with Logboy. I ve been making lots of items that are now within the price range of people who normally could not have afforded the things I make. So now my sales have increased and I ve responded by purchasing a lot more materials from my suppliers to fill these orders. So that s more jobs upstream from my shop. I ve also just hired a guy who starts tomorrow because I can t keep up. I m sitting on quote requests because current orders are taking up all my time.
- JAAune

Capitalism at work. Automation or new products (whalers hated the light bulb) aren’t the issue – exporting labor work is. Government doesn’t create wealth improvement jobs (they’re parasites), but it can sure take them away.

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